This House of Lords Library briefing provides a short introduction to the history of the House of Lords.Jump to full report >>
In so doing, the briefing charts the principal developments affecting the House over the course of its history and highlights the main changes and legislation passed. Since the 19th century a number of Acts of Parliament have had a noteworthy effect on the role, powers and membership of the House of Lords. These include:
This briefing identifies other proposals made that have sought to reform the House, either in regard to its role, powers and/or membership. Significant reform proposals over the last 100 years, including those sponsored by the Government of the day, have included:
This updated briefing also summarises the proposals for reform debated during the 2015–17 parliament.
Lords Library notes LLN-2017-0020
Authors: Edward Scott; Sarah Tudor
Topic: House of Lords
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